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Center for Black Church Studies

Certificate Program

The Center for Black Church Studies offers a graduate certificate program enabling students at Princeton Theological Seminary to develop a focused academic program centered on African and African American religious traditions. This certificate prepares students for vocational ministry or scholarly pursuits that value the unique contributions of Black religious experiences to the totality of Christian faith, life, and witness.

It assists seminarians interested in shaping their ministerial preparation for a wider knowledge and deeper appreciation of Black life within American or global Christianity. It is also designed for those who have a scholarly interest in the shape and depth of Black religious life throughout the African Diaspora. Among the requirements for receiving the certificate are earning 12 credits from approved courses and a 1-credit colloquium. Two courses (or a maximum of 6 credits) can be taken at Princeton University in order to fulfill the certificate requirements.

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Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Pastor at Franklin Lakes United Methodist Church, New Jersey

Alison VanBuskirk, Class of 2015

“My call as a pastor centers on shaping a community where people can connect and be real with each other and God.”